July 2018 E-newsletter

My Statement on the Province's Changes to City Council

July 31, 2018

Dear Neighbours,

You have likely heard the news of Premier Ford’s announcement that the Government of Ontario intends to change the municipal election process by reducing the number of Councillors in Toronto from 47 to 25. Legislation has now been introduced in the Ontario Legislature to this effect. I categorically oppose how this decision was made in the middle of an election without any fulsome public debate and consultation. This undermines the electoral process currently underway, creating unnecessary chaos and confusion.

I have also heard from many of you expressing your opposition to this sudden change and I could not agree more.

City Council has now met to discuss and debate the proposed changes which still need to be passed by the Ontario Legislature. City Council has expressed its opposition to the proposed changes and has decided on the following course of action:

  • City Council has requested that the Province of Ontario conduct a binding referendum on reducing the size of City Council before passing its legislation. If the Province does not do so, City Council has requested that the Province permit the City to put a question on the ballot in 2018 on the proposed reduction in the number of wards and Members of Council.

  • City Council has requested that our City Solicitors consider the validity and constitutionality of any provincial legislation, including its potential violation of the rights of the citizens of Toronto to fair and effective representation, he practicality of conducting the election, the Clerk's capacity to implement the changes, and any errors or flaws in the legislation and to report back to City Council at a special meeting on August 20, 2018 with options for Council's consideration.

I have always believed that residents must be at the heart of local decision making. This belief has guided me as your City Councillor for the last 8 years, where we have worked together to improve our community in so many ways.

The way the decision was made by the Premier does not respect local decision making but has raised the question on how we can defend, improve and strengthen our democracy to increase local decision making and how to better serve you, the people.

I look forward to continuing this conversation with you over the coming weeks and months.

In community,

Ana Bailão
Deputy Mayor
Councillor - Ward 18, Davenport

Local Updates

BIG on Bloor Festival and New Murals Showcase the Best of Bloordale!

Earlier in July, we celebrated the 11th Annual BIG ON BLOOR Festival and it was great to speak with so many of you and to see the thousands of people visiting our community and supporting our amazing local artists and Bloordale businesses. Thank you to the organizers and all the volunteers who worked so hard and showcased what makes this community incredible!

During the Festival, we also unveiled our community's new Bell Box murals in Bloordale! The murals were sponsored by the Bloordale Business Improvement Association and the Bloordale Community Improvement Association to transform multiple Bell utility boxes in our area into a canvass for community art. Thank you to the Bloordale BIA and CIA and the many residents who helped support this initiative to add a new splash of vibrancy to our neighbourhood. To view some more of the colourful new murals, you can click here and here. I encourage you to take a walk along Bloor and check them out!

New Wallace Emerson Community Centre, Childcare and Park Designs Released

Have your say on the concept designs for our new Wallace Emerson Community Centre and Park! Earlier in July, the City of Toronto and Re-imagine Galleria Team hosted a public meeting to share the concept designs for the new Wallace Emerson Community Centre, Childcare facility and Park and it was great to see so many residents at the meeting to learn more and help shape our amazing new community asset. The concept design was informed by the ideas and input from residents on the types of programming, spaces and activities our community would like to see at the new facilities.

I encourage you to checkout the concept designs by clicking here (large file, 43MB) and here. If you were unable to attend the meeting and have any questions or feedback, you can share your comments by emailing [email protected] or my office at [email protected]

Paradise Theatre to Re-Open This Fall!

A piece of our local cinema heritage is coming back to life! I am happy to share that the owners of the Paradise Theatre have informed me that restoration of the building is nearly complete. Over the weekend, the owners held two info sessions for residents to come out and learn about the plans for the revitalized Paradise Theatre. The programming and plans for the new Paradise Theatre include various film related events, live music, multi-arts events, and new restaurant, breathing new life and vitality to a treasured community asset. I look forward to seeing you at our restored Paradise Theatre! 

Public Feedback Invited on SmartTrack and New GO Stations 

Metrolinx and the City of Toronto have completed the Environmental Project Report for the 6 new  SmartTrack stations approved in Toronto. You can review the report and find more information by visiting http://smarttrack.to/noticeofcompletion/. To provide your comments and feedback, please contact the teams by August 20, 2018 by emailing [email protected] or [email protected] 


Bingo in Bloordale - Tuesday July 31, 2018 at 7pm at Bar Neon (1226 Bloor St W)

Come out with residents and neighbours and help support lighting up the laneways in Bloordale!

Coffee with the Cops - Tuesday August 7, 2018 at 9am at Happy Bakery and Pastries (1245 Dupont St)

Meet our neighbourhood Toronto Police Officers from 11 Division and chat over an informal cup of coffee about your ideas and questions for policing in our community. 

Bloorcourt Festival - Saturday August 25th from 12pm to 10pm on Bloor St W between Dufferin St and Montrose Ave

The 7th Annual Bloorcourt Festival returns on August 25th for an amazing display of local artists, musicians and craftsman with, activities, food and fun for everyone. For more information, visit http://bloorcourt.com/bc/artsfair.php

Open Roof Festival - Running until August 22, 2018 at 158 Sterling Rd

Enjoy a movie under the stars all summer long! Click the image for a larger view and for more information, visit www.openrooffestival.com/

City Updates

Unanimous Support for St. Hilda's Seniors Housing Modernization

I am happy to share that City Council unanimously approved funding to save hundreds of affordable seniors housing units at St Hilda's Towers. Through a variety of funding streams, the $38.2 million investment will allow St Hilda's to undertake critical capital repairs, modernize their operational structure to ensure that 461-units of seniors housing are preserved at Dufferin and Eglinton for generations to come. Thank you to City staff and to Councillor Colle with whom I worked alongside with for your dedication to preserving and modernizing our critical social housing stock across the City. To read my full press release please click here.

Laneway Suites Approved!

I am happy to share that Laneway Suites received final approval at City Council! City Staff are now creating draft guidelines which will be made available in the Fall to provide information to interested property owners on what they need to do to build a laneway suite. Thank you to Councillor MacMahon, Everygreen and Lanescape who advocated and worked with me to get laneway suites approved. Thank you also to the thousands of residents who shared their ideas and support throughout this process, we could not have done this without you!

You can learn more about laneway suites by visiting www.toronto.ca/chainginglanes and if you have any questions, please contact George Pantaziz, Planner, at [email protected]

News Clippings

A Made in Toronto Solution to Urban Manufacturing - StartUp HERE Toronto

Council approves zoning amendment to permit construction of laneway suites - CTV Toronto

Important Notices

Toronto Home Resilience Program

From July through September 2018, up to 200 residents can participate in the Toronto Home Resilience Program to receive emergency preparedness resources and a 50-point flood risk assessment that identifies priority actions to reduce basement flood risk.

Subsidized home assessments are available on a first come, first served basis for Toronto homeowners for a fee of $95 (full value $450).

The Home Resilience Program is developed by the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo, is delivered by AET Group, and is available in Toronto thanks to funding support provided by the Insurance Bureau of Canada. Additional program support is generously provided by the City of Toronto, Intact Financial Corporation, and the Province of Ontario.

What you can expect:

A Home Flood Protection Assessment takes 60 to 90 minutes and includes:

    • Emergency preparedness resources for Toronto residents
    • 50-point visual inspection of flood risks inside and outside your home by a trained assessor
    • Confidential report that identifies top actions you can take to reduce your risk of flooding
    • Optional follow-up phone call with your inspector to discuss the report
    • Optional seasonal maintenance reminders sent to you via email

How to participate:

Website: www.homefloodprotect.info/register

Phone:  1-877-876-9235
E-mail [email protected]

Free web resources:

Free web resources are also available to all Toronto residents, and include:

    • Self-help checklists
    • How-to videos
    • Tips for finding qualified contractors
    • Questions to ask insurance providers
    • Information about how to reduce your flood insurance premiums

Visit www.intactcentreclimateadaptation.ca/programs/home_flood_protect/resources/ for more information.

Exhibition Place Hiring Summer Students for the CNE and More!

Exhibition Place is hiring fulltime students this summer for the CNE and more! Find out more about job opportunities and ways to get involved on their Summer Student Career Page at www.explace.on.ca/careers/summer-student-career-page

Welcome West Toronto Community Legal Services and West Toronto Housing Help Services!

West Toronto Housing Community Legal Services and Housing Help Services have moved into the community at their new location at 1032 Bloor St W, just east of Dufferin. They provide invaluable services for residents and I hope you can join me in welcoming them to our community! For more information, please visit www.wtcls.org.

Toronto Hydro Launches New Educational Video Series

Have questions about Toronto Hydro? The agency is launching a new video series to answer common questions and you can view the first video by clicking here. For more information about Toronto Hydro, please visit www.torontohydro.com

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